City of Pineville could annex Pine Mountain lodge

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

In Bell County, the Pineville City Council is looking at possibly annexing the Pine Mountain Resort State Park lodge and restaurant into the city.
Officials say this will provide more tax dollars to the city.

"Our population shrank and we need every tax dollar we can get," said Mayor Sherwin Rader.

Leaders say annexing the area and bringing the lodge and restaurant into the city could allow them to collect occupational and restaurant taxes.

"We basically have agreed because it's beneficial to us because of occupational taxes, restaurant tax and that kind of thing," Mayor Rader said.

Mayor Rader says if the area is annexed, it would only include the lodge and restaurant and no other property owners. Officials say the line would connect from the golf course which is already city limits.

State officials say they have not had discussions yet with Pineville City leaders, but as of now, they do not have any problems with the proposal.

"The department is supportive of this effort. Pine Mountain State Resort Park has always considered itself to be part of the city and believes this will be beneficial for the park as well as the city," said Gil Lawson, Spokesperson for Kentucky State Parks.

Pineville City Council has asked the city attorney to research the idea and map out the necessary steps the city needs to take for annexation.

This is not the first time annexation talks have come up. In 1989, the Pineville City Council approved first and second readings to annex the lodge and restaurant, but it was never finalized with the state.

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